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No "slam dunk" tying Assad to chemical attack

  • Linking Syrian strongman Bashar Assad or his inner circle to the recent chemical weapons attack is no "slam dunk," according to several U.S. officials, reports the AP. The intercept of Syrian military officials discussing the chemical strike was among low-level staff, say the sources, with no direct evidence tying it even to a senior commander, let alone Assad.
  • Maybe of more concern is who actually has control of Syria's chemical weapons stores. A report outlining the evidence against Assad says the intelligence community no longer has the same certainty it had 6 months ago as to where the regime's chemical weapons are stored.
  • Separately, the NYT reports U.S. officials as saying there's no "smoking gun" linking Assad to the attack.
  • This walking back from the ledge of military action is maybe helping stocks, with the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ +1%) and S&P 500 (SPY +0.5%).  Gold (GLD -0.7%) and oil (USO -0.2%) fall back.
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Comments (20)
  • kimboslice
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    Sabre rattling by Obama causes problems and must stop. We have no reason to get involved in Syria and its civil war. The USA should not be helping Al Qaeda fight Assad.
    29 Aug 2013, 12:31 PM Reply Like
  • Jhalgren
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    Consider: Iran is scheduling new gas pipelines flowing through Iraq and onto to Syria and parts of Europe. This is a threat to Israel who wanted some pipelines after the Iraq war going directly to them. This saber rattling is all about the grabbing of natural resources and who will do the best. The humanitary-twist to this is just that, our real concerns in the Middle East remain over oil/gas distribution/rights--U.S. oil tycoons never want to lose profits no matter where or what. And we help whoever is willing to help us secure energy dollars for us. It's simply tragic in scope.
    29 Aug 2013, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • MLP Trader
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    Well yes and no. I explain why here:

     

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    29 Aug 2013, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • Retired Colonel
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    Making a threat without the intent to carry it out; the information needed to deter that misconduct from reoccurring in the future; or the backing of the American people and without consulting Congress, which is solely empowered by the Constitution to declare war (notwithstanding the War Powers Act of 1973); violates every rule in the book.

     

    And not acting now after making that threat will embolden America's enemies throughout the world and encourage even more lawlessness and terror which will target our country.

     

    And still the markets react positively.

     

    I have met the enemy and it is us!
    29 Aug 2013, 04:06 PM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    No doubt it was some eager Major whose second cousin had the keys to the CW storage facility and whose uncle from his mother's side had access to the delivery systems ........just a little misunderstanding caused by excess zeal and too much exposure to video games; wont happen again.....not really worth inconveniencing the Tyrant and his inner circle.
    29 Aug 2013, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • Doug Eberhardt
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    Yes, but there is a slam dunk tying gold to the short term dollar movements. My latest from a couple days ago:

     

    Sticking With Stronger Dollar and Weaker Gold Through End of Year

     

    http://bit.ly/15AYcRs
    29 Aug 2013, 12:37 PM Reply Like
  • BIG_BEN
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    Was the last "slam dunk" a slam dunk? That didn't stop us!
    29 Aug 2013, 12:37 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    hope their intelligence sources are better than the ones they used wmd's they never found
    29 Aug 2013, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • mobyss
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    At what point does Obama start to earn that Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded after about 15 days in office?
    29 Aug 2013, 12:51 PM Reply Like
  • kimboslice
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    Never.
    29 Aug 2013, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • Jhalgren
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    The prize needs to be returned and one member of the Nobel Prize Committee is asking for just that!
    29 Aug 2013, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • mobyss
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    Ok, we'll see how that works out.

     

    Funny though, he mostly won the award for not being George Bush - you know - bombing middle eastern countries, acting outside UN approval, remote drone strikes, and all that stuff.

     

    When does Code Pink show up on the WH lawn?
    29 Aug 2013, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Brian Bobbitt
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    From reading these few lines regarding 'the way we still do things', I find an affront to my senses that we still have 'war lords' and leaders who do not take responsibility for those under them. Remember, 'the Buck Stops Here'? If I were in charge, I would back off, let them settle their own differences with the warning that they had better not affect my leisure time, or then I would have to take action. The actions I would take, I certainly would not advertise prior to my move. Just a thought, but I am sure tired of seeing all this BS. I mean, chemical weapons are a hangover from the dark ages and the entire globe should be up in arms against those using them. I dunno where this is going, but I would be much more concerned regarding Iran's nuclear capabilities growing that Syrias internal difficulties.
    Capt. Brian
    The Lost Navigator
    29 Aug 2013, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • Aristotle2k
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    Concern? Yes. But honestly there's nothing to DO to Iran; we've done all non military actions we could do. They aren't going to stop developing their nuclear program. Period; and why should they?

     

    Put yourself in their shoes; it's pretty obvious why they want nuclear technology and crystal clear why they will not stop.
    29 Aug 2013, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • Aristotle2k
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    So we are mad that after the evidence and report we decided that we don't have enough to warrant an attack? Sounds like the correct way to do things if you ask me.
    29 Aug 2013, 01:44 PM Reply Like
  • mobyss
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    Makes the US look bumbling and uncertain. Expect more nose-thumbing from regional MENA despots soon.

     

    I'm NOT saying an attack is warranted, just that maybe this WH needs to hold off on the "tough-guy" press releases until they know what's really going on. Reminds me of Benghazi and the whole "the videotape made them do it" story.
    29 Aug 2013, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • Aristotle2k
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    How are we bumbling If the evidence doesn't support that Assads regime did it? Redline wasn't cross if we can't prove he did it.
    29 Aug 2013, 03:32 PM Reply Like
  • yeti786
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    Ref Iran's alleged/perceived 'growing nuclear' capabilities. Some point for consideration -

     

    1. Would the US have engaged Japan with atom bombs in '45 if Japan at that period in time had nuclear wpns of its own? I doubt it. Ergo, possession of nuclear wpns helps keeps the big bad wolf from huffing & puffing too much.

     

    2. Assuming Iran does indeed have nuclear wpns, it is the right of every country to arm itself for defence in any manner it wishes to. That is exactly what Western powers have done. What gives USA/ UK/France/Israel the right to such wpns and not other countries? 3.

     

    3. Likely Iran's reactions are directly linked to Israel's nuclear capabilities. To get Iran to stop its nuclear projects we need to simultaneously address Israel's nuclear assets too. The entire ME has to be free of NBC wpns to calm nervousness all around.

     

    4. One can use these nuclear abilities for legitimate energy generation purposes too.

     

    5. Lastly, let us assume, Iran does develop nuclear wpns. (These are unlikely to be very sophisticated in terms of accuracy in delivery and control of radioactive fall out. Where will they use them? On a small country like Israel? Really? On a country totally surrounded (and populated in parts) by their fellow Arab brethren who will also seriously suffer after effects and long term radiation? (The punitive reaction by Israel and world powers is another aspect of the equation Iran cannot afford to ignore.)

     

    In nutshell, Iran's nuclear ability and now Syria's chemical wpns are all red herrings (as were Iraq's WMD capability) initiated by Oil, Defence and Media companies to make more money; this duly supported by Western politicians in cahoots to retain and expand power.
    29 Aug 2013, 02:23 PM Reply Like
  • caupachow
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    muslims killing muslims; now why would anyone want to interfere in that? maybe if one is a muslim.
    29 Aug 2013, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • pman6
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    leave syria alone.

     

    Let them nuke themselves. Let us mind our own business
    30 Aug 2013, 12:27 AM Reply Like
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